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I have always loved to be creative in the kitchen but didn’t always have the time.  I loved to bake with my mom as a kid and did a lot of it as a teen.  After high school, I went straight into college and did not really have the free time to be in the kitchen.  When I got married, I was working on my masters degree and held 2 jobs–which led to less time to cook.

Funny how I did not know I missed cooking until I had children, and chose to become a “stay at home mom.” I found myself cooking and experimenting more in the kitchen.  For added value, I have taken the opportunity to spend more time with my Abuela and my mom, learning to cook more authentic/traditional Mexican recipes.  Aside from spending time with them, it has been great returning to a place of sharing ideas in the kitchen with my  mom just like when I was a kid.

Here is a recipe we worked on together! I must admit that is it pretty darn good.  Thanks to the fresh Cheek Meat from Rumba Meats, I was able to create beef cheek patties in a deliciously mild chile sauce with and a hint of sweetness from the banana chiles.  PARA CHUPARSE LOS DEDOS!

Rumba Meats is now on AMAZON and they have given us a 25% off if you order 8/13 through  8/19.  Use coupon code 25ABUELA !

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PREP TIME: 20+ Minutes
COOK TIME: 2 Hour 30 Minutes


2-3 pounds of Cheek Meat (Rumba Meats)
3 garlic cloves
3 bay leaves
10 pepper corns
5 tomatoes
1 onion
1-2 Banana peppers
3 eggs
3 tablespoons of flour
3 tablespoons of bread crumbs


  1.   Combine cheek meat, salt, garlic and 1/2 an onion in a large pot with enough water to cover the meat.
  2.  Cook for about 2-3 hours or until tender.
  3. Remove from pot and let it cool down enough to remove fat.
  4. Shred meat and remove fat.
  5. Roast the tomatoes, chiles, 1 garlic clove and 1/4 an onion.
  6. Bled tomatoes, chiles, 1 garlic clove, 1/4 onion.
  7. Mix egg whites until fluffy.
  8. Add egg yolks, one at a time and mix.
  9. Fold in shredded meat, flour, and bread crumbs.
  10. Heat a pan with lard or cooking oil.
  11. Scoop up a spoon full of the mix and drop into the pan flipping each patty until cooked.
  12. Once done, in the same pan, fry the sauce adding 1 1/2 cup of water and salt to your preference.
  13. Let it come to a simmer.
  14. Add patties to the sauce and let it simmer for another 5 minutes.
  15. Sprinkle cilantro over the patties once they are served.

Serve with white rice and some salad.

(See below for pictures of the step-by-step instructions.)



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